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King's College London Archives and Special Collections online exhibitions

Online exhibition pages authored by Archives and Special Collections staff give a good idea of the breadth of subject matter our collections cover and the quality of images we can make available.

Increasingly, the exhibitions we create are supplemented by online exhibitions to make content accessible to those unable to visit in person.

ASC1107NoahRecently added online exhibitions include those relating to the history of print and the theme of pageantry in our Archives collections.

They also feature research on former King's professor and Christian Socialist Frederick Denison Maurice (1805-72), and the Library's holdings of incunabula (early printed books).

Some of these online exhibitions were curated from research undertaken by Library and Archives interns, whose work is descibed here.

Click on the link below to view the full selection of online exhibitions, including those described above:

Archives and Special Collections online exhibitions

Selected online exhibitions from recent years

Representing the unfamiliar: Photography in the British Empire 1866-1938

Parkinson of the disease

Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy, espionage during the Cold War

Sir William Young's Essay on Tobago, 1810

Map of Tobago. From Sir William Young, An essay on the commercial and political importance of ye island of Tabago, 1810

The nearest run thing you ever saw: the Battle of Waterloo

Cavalry about to charge. From: William Milligan Sloane, Life of Napoleon Bonaparte. Volume 4, 1896In this online exhibition, originally held to mark the bicentenary of this momentous day in European history, we look at the course of the battle itself, the military tactics and techniques involved and the treatment afforded to those wounded on the battlefield.

We look too at the careers of the two key protagonists – Napoleon and Wellington – both before and after the battle. 

Coming to London 

image of students in costumes on a vehicle exiting onto the Strand through the old Strand entranceComing to London has been added to our online Archives exhibitions. It looks at the way King’s students have experienced London from challenges of the nineteenth century, through to the wars of the twentieth century - including overseas students welcomed as refugees fleeing oppression. 

The great leveller: humanity's struggle against infectious disease

Photograph of a team of African microscopists at work. From: Great Britain. Central Office of Information. Battle against disease, 1949Ever since the Neolithic Revolution established the basis for settled agriculture and brought humankind into close and insanitary contact with animals, infectious disease has been the inseparable companion of human development.

It has insinuated itself into patterns of settlement, trade, conquest and war, and shows no sign of abating.

Our choice of exhibition theme reflects the leading role which the constituent parts of King’s College London have long played in medical research and, more recently, in the history of medicine and science.

The exhibition can be viewed here.

In the Beginning....

1833 engraving of new Smirke building at King's College LondonThis online exhibition from the Archives, In the Beginning... explains the early history of King's College London.  Topics discussed and illustrated include the reason for its foundation, its location on the Strand in London next to Somerset House, its construction and early college life.

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